Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Book Review: The Princess Bride (Abridged) by William Goldman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is just one of those adorable reads that kept me giggling girlishly. Though not really a page-turner, it is still well worth the read.

If you've watched the movie, you know basically what happens, though I do have to point out that there is, as is typical of films, a lot that the movie missed.

To be frank, there's a lot that the abridger (is that even a word) missed as well. I'm tempted now to go back and read a translated version of the original to see just exactly what I did miss.

That said, where each cut was made, there were a few paragraphs explaining why and what happened before the action picked up again. Such little intrusions were often humorous and lively, and actually provided a few giggles in their own right.

All in all, a great, quick read. I recommend it.

And today's Forgotten English is:


A clapperdogeon is in English a beggar borne; Beggar's Bush.
- Rev. Alexander Dyce's Works of Beaumont and Fletcher, 1845

Probably derived from the [beggar's] custom of clapping a dish.
- Robert Nares' Glossary [of] the Works of English Authors, 1859


Life intervenes said...

Uhm..... You do know that it is a farce right? There isn't a book by S. Morgenstern, the whole thing is a joke :D

It is very well done though!

S.M. Carrière said...

Shhh! You're giving away the secrets!

Debbie Maxwell Allen said...

I love the movie, and only read a chapter in a bookstore one time. Thanks for the reminder that I really need to pick it up!


S.M. Carrière said...

It was a cute read... and ignore Life Intervenes. Part of the fun is believing there was an original text....